The North Dakota Department of Agriculture confirms Palmer amaranth was found in three counties: Benson, Foster and McIntosh. Palmer amaranth was also likely found in Richland county, but more testing must happen before the weed is confirmed. North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says there are protocols in place to deal with the weed moving forward. “We need to address the issues with manure handling, scouting if farmers put manure on their fields or use equipment purchased from out of state.” Goehring says it requires a strong partnership from many to help identify and prevent the weed from coming back into the state. Goerhing also says Palmer amaranth wasn’t added to the noxious weed list in the spring, because it hadn’t been found. Now, it will likely be added to the list. Listen to the story.